De Dolle Boskeun | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle BoskeunDe Dolle Boskeun

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of rangerred
3.06/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle into a goblet. No date but I'm pretty sure this is 2008 or 2009 vintage.

Pours a nearly clear dark gold with just a tiny bit of fizz for a head. No lacing at all.

From the aroma I can tell this has been sitting around for quite some time. There is a strong sherry note that screams oxidation overpowering some peach and grape notes in the background. I'm afraid this one might be past its prime.

The taste just confirms what I feared with the aroma. More sherry and cardboard that covers up what I presume was once a great flavor. Light grape and white wine buried underneath but it is drowned out by molasses, cardboard, and brown sugar. Fairly sticky with a thick finish.

Overall, I am really disappointed. I thought the age wouldn't really hurt this beer but it obviously has. A couple years might have been ok but five or six is just too much. A shame.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl brown bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill.

Pours a slightly hazed but still bright pale golden colour, with a frothy carbonated head of white. Lace forms in suds as the head collapses, leaving a foam across the top of the glass. Body is fluid, but with a hint of weight behind it and a mess of large-bubbled carbonation when swirled. Looks good.

Nose is excellent. Big champagne-dry yeast characters, restrained sharp fruity esters, herbal crushed greenery. All held together with a bright but coherent sweetness. It's extremely refined and sophisticated. Excellent stuff.

Taste is also very good. Very clean entry with a hint of sugary sweetness that is then tempered by more of those dry yeasty characters—these allow the beer to glide to a clean and pleasingly light finish. Minimal estery characters, although there's a slight peppery punctuation that comes in on the mid-to-back, but not more than this: it remains really very smooth and approachable throughout. Alcohol character in particular is well-hidden.

Feel is smooth and light, but with a frothiness from the carbonation and the body which is lighter than expected.

Extremely drinkable for its weight, this is a very well-crafted beer. Although I know a session of these would be a foolish thing to do, the characters of the beer almost make me want to attempt it. Very nice stuff indeed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky light brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and lots of various fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, grain, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a very nice fruity presence that makes this one quite easy to drink.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb 2010

Beer is amber in colour with a large beige head. Terrific retention.

Nose strongly contains apple, as well as other sweet fruit scents, like pear. Yeast and bread.

The flavour is really good. A nicely blended mix of apple, pear, yeast, bread and spices. Alcohol is noticeable but not overly strong, especially considering the ABV. Sweet, but there is a dryness as well to balance things out. A very slight tartness. The finish is dry.

Full bodied, strongly carbonated. A bit of heat, quite chewy.

Overall, excellent. A really good (and distinctive) beer from a really good brewery.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bos Keun has a gorgeous cloudy auburn color, with a bleached-white, billowing tower of bubbles rising with even the most miniscule pouring effort. This head is similar to angel's food cake... somehow, it has mass but it's very light and airy. The amount of bubbling is almost too much, but I did not score this very negatively due to some of the other classic Belgians, like Duvel, having this effect. Of course with this type of head we get excellent lacing as a result. The smell is very syrupy sweet, like toffee and taffy, along with tropical fruits and the signature whiff of Belgian yeast. I found the flavor to be reminiscent of caramel apples at the fair, very tart, and slightly astringent. Delicious pear and citrus esters as well. The mouth feel is somewhat viscous, and the finish was very sharp. Overall, this is right up there with the other exquisite brews from De Dolle. This is a top Belgian Brewer that any fan of the style must try.

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1.88/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

$10.00 for the 33cL bottle, served in a tulip
2009 Vintage. Sampled 26DEC12

[A] The pour begins down the center of the glass and moves to the side 2 seconds later once the head gets going. The result is a big, fluffy 2 1/2 finger high bright white head. Relentless effervescence keeps the head everlasting. The body leans between gold and orange but closer to the former. Opaquer than expected. Lacing in a thick splatter of foam.

[S] The nose is all over the place. Clean diaper, aspirin, medicine cabinet, some weird menthol, sweet booze and oxidized malts.

[T] A little better than the nose but still not enjoyable.

[M] Semi full with a prickly carbonation. A little boozy. Good but not great.

[O] Age hasn't treated this one well. I'd like to try this one again soon, but I'll go for a fresh bottle next time. Three plus years was just too long.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint purcased at 1702 in Tucson. Poures an aggressive pour...foam coming out upon opening. Thick 4 finger head on a golden color. Crazy orange citrus aroma...mixed with belgian yeast and peppery hop.
Taste is crazy citrusy hop meets belgian yeasty peppery spice. Im even tasting a hint of vanilla with grassy notes.
Its so effervescent but smooth. Nicely boozey and such an easy drinker. Really great brew. Highly recommend this...especially on a nice warm afternoon.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, bottled March 2012, into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Hazy deep gold body under two full inches of dense, pillowy white head that recedes rockily and leaves tons of chunky lace. Stunning.

S: Whoa. Tart, fresh, intense fruity yeast. Tons of citrus, apple, pear, and plenty of dry minerality underneath to keep things in check. Stupendous.

T: Follows the nose - fruity up front, yeasty in the middle, and bone dry on the finish. Booze on the aftertaste provides a flaw, but not a terrible one. Delicious beer.

M: Hugely carbonated, to the point of being a bit prickly.

O: Amazing beer - I had this back to back with Arabier, and while I loved both this was clearly superior. Hugely complex, extremely drinkable, and thoroughly enjoyable.


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Photo of VWBuggirl
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This is the worst part of the beer. It is categorized as a BSPA and the color is a very hazy
copper, you could almost call it brown. It also foamed when I uncapped it. However, when it settles a bit, there is a creamy off-white head that lingers as you sip.

S: The first thing I smell is unidentifiable sweetness, backed up by heavy malts. The sweetness reminds me of dates. There is even a bit of yeasty goodness to it.

T: The taste is very layered and complex. You taste a bit of the alcohol peeking through a little bit, but not too much and it isn't overpowering. In a beer that is 10%, you expect to taste it a little. The exact flavors are difficult to describe, but I can get a good bit of earthiness to it.

M: This is nice and dry, and the carbonation helps to break through the sweetness, malts, and alcohol.

O: This is probably my favorite beer from De Dolle. I have had it many times, even at the brewery after a fabulous tour by the brewer's mother. I love what he is doing there and this is a beer worth having and a different take on the style.

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Photo of Steak-Styles
2.47/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

If I had to choose one word to describe this beer, it would be "difficult." Trying to pour this into a mug resulted in the entire mug being filled with nothing but foam and a mouthful of beer on the bottom. Going down and finishing had a very bitter taste, however as it passed through my mouth, the taste was actually quite good. Still, not enough to save this beer for me

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is pale yellow with a huge, dense, cap of foam. Excellent retention and lacing. The aroma brings floral hops, yeast, light funk, subtle citrus. Smells great. The flavor takes it up a notch. 10% abv?!? Where? Grapefruit rind and beautiful Belgian pale ale character. Dry finish with plentiful hop bitterness. Probably my favorite of this genre.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

De Dolle Bos Keun
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
ABV: 10.00 %

LOOK: Carefully decanted to minimize sediment, initially pours clear golden with a chill haze, massive topping of frothy foam.

SMELL: Lightly sweet, honey like malts, melted candi sugar, faded hops. Fruity with over ripe date and grape notes.

TASTE: Grapey, fruity profile, somewhat juicy. There is small spice which could be from yeast, alcoholic fermentation, or a small amount of pepper in brewing. Hops are minimal with just a noble balancing bitterness. It finishes a bit sweet and tart.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, very high level of carbonation like a lively champagne, and equally dry. Exemplary dryness which cuts the sweet and tart flavor nicely.

OVERALL: A fine dry strong pale ale from Belgium. Good flavor, feel and overall drink-ability. The bottle used for this review was bottled in February 2010 and has really developed well.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours a nice orange color with a massive white head and high carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt, fresh mixed light fruit Flavor is tasty light and dark fruits with Belgian spice, both sweet and slightly sour. Tastes very good. Slightly marred by over-carbonation, which gives a nice hot element to the taste, but is a bit overdone. A very complex, unusual and tasty ale.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A big hiss and gush out of the bottle but controllable, hitting with a very soapy white head with rocky clumpy consistency. Body is a gorgeous bronze amber, slightly opaque and some nice thin rising carbonation. Great looking.

Nose is dry bready malts, ripping dry grain, and a hop dryness also, this is just bone dry smelling, practically like sticking your nose in a desert. Dried apricot and apple seems to come out but ever so slightly.

Bone dry malts and an incredibly effervescent light body. Finishes with a rolling seriously dry palate and bitter hop angle akin to almost pine and dry dry earth. Very hoppy finish and just a touch of sweetness but hard to feel it.

Overall it comes across as a strangely hoppy bitter crisp wine which is real interesting. I wonder how different this was to when I had it on tap? Gotta check those BA notes!

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Photo of RuudJH
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having had most of the Dolle Brouwers' brews, I was happy I saw this one in the shop: nice to try something that you can expect to be great.
Big, quite soapy head, orange golden colour, with some wild carbonation. The sediment is flaky.
Smell is complex: fruity with some herbs, koriander mixed in. Taste is bitter with a big spicy bite. The alcohol is well covered. Powerfull and really warming in the very end.
Interesting brew. Typical of Belgian micro brewing tradition: full flavoured and wild.
Nice one.

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Photo of pmsawyer
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: In Oerbier tulip

Appearance: Cloudy orange with ample head with good lacing

Smell: Tropical fruit, sugar sweetness, almonds and earthy.

Taste: First noticed pale malt sweetness and carbonation. Medium body smooth creamy texture. This is followed by astringent dryness and citrus hop flavors. Some sweetness in the finish.

Notes: Served from bottle at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle PA. Been on lookout for this brew since first reading about it on the beer of the day calendar about three years past. Worth the wait for Belgium pale ale lovers.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip- pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with of course a beautiful 3 finger head, which disappeared to a thin layer with no lacing.

Smells sweet and spicy-candi sugar, cinnamon, earthy Belgisn yeast and a little booze.

Tastes incredible- sweet golden malts and candi sugar, followed by a a temperate dose of yeast and noticeable alcohol burn that recedes into a beautifully long finish of malt, candi sugar and a little spice.

Mouthfeel is of course superb- medium liight body with full prickly carbonation and only mild alcohol burn. Perky but not overpowering. Newcomers to De Dolle might not enjoy this but I love it.

Pairs well with a delicious pizza with marinated steak and Gorgonzola.

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Photo of hustlesworth
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- always love their label art, especially this drunken bunny sitting next to a lily of the valley which happens to be a symbol of the second coming. Very clever for Easter. A large duvel sized tulip is necessary to hold the massive bubbly eggshell colored head on this rascal. At 10% abv, I can't believe the foam has this type of retention and I'm getting impatient waiting for it to settle. The golden orange apricot body has some small particles of yeast floating about. This bottle is 2 years old.

S- flowery and grapey, most notably the sweet solvent aroma of muscat and scuppernong and the similarities are astounding. Grape and apricot jam spread on shortbread or pound cake define the malt sweetness, and there are still more fruity aromas of apple, pear, orange and plum. An absolutely phenomenal stank.

T- malty and sweet, not as fruity as the aroma would suggest, with a distinct earthy English hop flavor. Melon and pear with a soft muscat flavor intermingle with a fine vanilla sugar sauce and green, vinous "forest" notes, grain husk, and mushroom. Alcohol is masterfully hidden save for a small bite in the finish, and the beer gets drier and more tart as the glass empties. Seasoned dry wood and orange blossom honey last into the finish as well, further attempting to conceal the alcohol, which I now feel in my head and belly.

MF- expansive, medicinal and drying, this one leaves a coated feeling on the cheeks with a bit of powdery yeast. Alcohol heat is not felt in the mouth, rather it makes a delayed presence in the chest just to prove it's there. Crazy soft bottle conditioned carbonation has no beginning or ending and never becomes sharp or stinging.

D- what a great beer. Like many; 've always considered Duvel to be the archetype, but this yeasty monster rabbit surpasses what I consider to be 'standard' by taking the aroma to a whole nother level. Like an outer space level. Clean, defined flavors overlayed by muddy earthy funky yeast make for a beautiful marriage that no other BSPA I've had so far has achieved.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: reviewed yesterday for Easter, but I had trouble uploading the review.

A 330ml bottle with no obvious BB date. Picked up a couple of days ago from my local beer specialist - just in time for Easter. The child-like drawing on the label is amusing.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A hazy golden-amber hue with strong carbonation. Produces an enormous head of white foam with a meringue-like consistency and great retention; this eventually subsides to a surface layer. The aroma is sweet & intense - almost cloyingly fruity. Notes of white grapes, melon, apples, almonds, banana, faint citrus, yeast and a spicy hint of alcohol.

Tastes of sweet, fruity yeast esters with a dry, alcoholic finish. Notes of apples, grapes, melon, citrus, marzipan, sugar, mild banana and dry yeast. Background hints of stewed hops, and a hot, spicy alcoholic note upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with great body. Highly astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of dry, fruity yeast esters.

Impressive - an incredible array of fruity notes accompany this beer. Strong and well-balanced, with a range of flavours that is both subtle and complex. It's difficult to compare this to anything else I've tried - it's unique. Not a brew for everyday quaffing, but well worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Foam bomb from the tap, this one had to settle for a few minutes. Served in a Chimay chalice, a honey brown color, slightly cloudy, with a huge rocky, tan-white head that retained well and coated the glass with decorative lacing. Aroma was booze-heavy, phenols, yeast, more yeast, and a bit herbal when all that mellowed out a bit. Taste was extremely potent, strong with grainy alcohol, a concentrated dose of meadow grass and flowers hitting soon after that, lighter notes of peppery yeast and citrus pith. Strong, but flavorful. A little too hot to be exceptionally drinkable I'm afraid, but still a fine brew overall. Maybe let this one sit in the cellar for a year or even more to mellow out before serving.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer could be called the multivitamin within the beers.

It is really great, but what do I smell and taste?

Apple, pear, lemon, pineapple, mango, orange, marshmallow, apricot, some bread.

A prefect finish, where the sweetness ends at the right time, being replaced by a touch of bitterishness.

After my disappointments with the Dolle Brouwers, this is a nice suprise!

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Photo of beerpirates
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel @ in den stille genieter , Mechelen

A: Pours a yellow to orange color. A bit hazy. A huge thick white head is formed. Big bubbles. Excellent retention and many lacings left

S: Complex. Sweet and very fruity, I would say. Quite malty and "bready" too. Honey, caramel malts, Belgium yeasts, cloves, vanilla, alcohol, ...

T: Complex as the nose. Sweet fruity upfront, sweet malts, honey, Belgium yeasts, cloves, vanilla are a must. Delicious "hoppy" bitter end

M: Heavy creamy body and high carbonation despite of the high ABV

D: Delicious beer! This one is just excellent

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this Belgian delicacy

Look: Pours a kind of murky straw yellow color with 1/2 inch head and good retention with some great circular lacing

Smell: Belgian yeast and a bit funky upfront with some nice citrus fruits in the background

Taste: Upfront is the some yeast notes with a bit of apple and pear in the middle and finishes with some floral hops and pepper spice

Mouthfeel: Medium body and ample carbonation

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer

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Photo of FosterJM
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1064th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
330 cl

Not sure of year

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- A very light-medium yellow color with soft golden edges and a small bit of head that settled rather quickly.

Smell- Big ol citrus blast in the glass here. You could call it a fruit stand of a beer. Apples, Orange, and even a little bit of cherries mixed with some light malt, and a lot of yeast.

Taste- The profile here is very fruit heavy and then lends itself to a fair amount of yeast in the back. The De Dolle note of that small impy pepper mixed with wheat and malt is how the flavors finish.

Mouth- A nice light-medium body with a fairly medium carbonation level. Residual flavors are citrus and a little yeasty pepper.

Drink- This was a tasty little beer from Belgium. Thanks Chris. I love De Dolle from the few I have had and this was another great offering from them.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle to St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Cloudy copper and brown with a huge, booming and fluffy head. Crackling and leaving clumps along the side of the glass. Almost a dark apple cider in color.

S: Full of raisins, grapes, bananas, dark cherries, figs....could go on forever here. Fantastic aroma. Green apple seems to be prominent for me on the nose. Great bready, yeasty flavor lends a balancing aroma.

T: Sweet with an almost tart/bitter aftertaste. Starts out with sweet apple notes and finishes with an almost pineapple/grapefruit thing going on. Caramel and dark fruits intermingle and the Belgian yeast does wonders as it warms.

M: Creamy and full with a nice soft prickle towards the end from the carbonation.

O: Going to have to find a new bottle of this beer, because I definitely feel it has exceptional qualities. Perhaps the one I picked up was stored improperly.

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De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
4.14 out of 5 based on 509 ratings.
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